inbox indigestion

Josef Karthauser joe at
Thu Sep 23 17:56:10 BST 1999

How do they read their mail?  Using POP3, or directly from a shell with a text
based reader?


On Thu, Sep 23, 1999 at 05:04:35PM +0100, Dr R D Gidden wrote:
> Hi,
> We are running 2.1.5 (Yes I know it's *old* !) and 
> sendmail to handle all the mail for the school.
> I suppose it's something I've done but I can't spot it -
> anyone know the answer to:  no one can delete their 
> read mail, so they keep getting the same stuff shot 
> down to them each time they log on, together with 
> any new stuff.
> Inboxes are in /usr/spool/mail, which is owned by 
> root, with chmod 777. Individual inboxes are owned 
> by each individual user, with chmod 700.  Which is 
> how I thought I had it to start with, so I don't 
> know why they can't alter their own file.
> Help gratefully received - even if it's something 
> really stupidly obvious!  ;-)
> Bob.
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